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Apsilies (album)

by Dimitris Mystakidis

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Armenitsa 04:06
To mangiko 03:04
Katadikos 05:27
As'ta logia 03:31
Apsilies 06:00


Eighteen urban folk songs (rembetiko & smyrna era songs).

Dimitris Mystakidis: vocals, guitar
Evgenios Voulgaris: vocals, oud, bozuk, κemence, yayli tanbur
Apostolos Tsardakas: kanun, violin
Theodora Athanasiou: vocals, baglama
Violin in tracks 4, 6 and 15 by Vasilis Markos
Percussions by Lefteris Pavlou

1. Giati na me gelaseis - Kostas Skarvelis
2. Armenitsa - Kostas Karipis
3. Pseftise pleon o ntounias - Kostas Roukounas
4. Katinaki mou gia sena - Kostas Karipis
5. Ma ti na kano s’ agapo - Kostas Skarvelis
6. Kardiokleftra - Yiannis Dragatsis
7. Giati na kathesai na les - Spyros Peristeris/Yiorgos Dramvisis
8. To mangiko - Kostas Karipis/ Yiorgos Petropouleas
9. Geia sou Lola meraklou - Dimitris Barousis
10. Katadikos - Yiovan Tsaous
11. Manolis o chasiklis - Yiannis Dragatsis
12. Chitzaz Zeibekiko - No name Artist
13. O xenitemenos - Dimitris Semsis/Roza Eskenazy
14. As’ ta logia - Yiorgos Petropouleas/ P. Skopelitis
15. Apsilies - Grigoris Asikis
16. I Pagratiotissa - Panayiotis Tountas
17. I poulimeni stin xenitia - Panayiotis Tountas
18. Dos mou piso ta louloudia - No name Artist


released May 25, 2009

Label: Prigipessa (2009)

Editing by Dimitris Mystakidis in "Balcony Hole Studio"
Mixed and Mastered by Christos Megas
Graphics by Afroditi Zouki
Illustrations by Christos Dimos

Almost a century away from the era that spawned the urban folk songs, the remixing tracks of this period is a difficult yet attractive project.

The comparison with the original versions, which have largely digitized and placed on the market is inevitable. This naturally causes to the musicians a certain degree of embarrassment which rises the deeper they understand the true artistic value of the material and its creators.

Apart from the challenge to take up this repertoire is for us a very creative process dictated by personal beliefs and needs, against the mighty rules of operation of today's music reality.

It is true that this genre, offered as raw material for creating an environment where the role of the musicians is not limited to the sidekick. Within such an environment, the musician has the freedom and obligation at the same time to show his talent without any obey to the logic of an industry, rigged so that highlights protagonists. Here the musician is able to participate equally in a dialogue, rules which must not only know well and to reconstruct at every opportunity.

This moreover is the condition in which these songs were born. Maybe this is the condition that will enable them to continue to run, keeping unchanged the character and dynamics.

the musicians


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Dimitris Mystakidis Greece

Dimitris is a multi-instrumentalist who joined forces with the great majority of Greek artists – composers, musicians and vocalists.

He has published two books, for Greek Mainland Lute (Steryianó Laoúto) and for Greek Folk Guitar (Laikí Kithára).

His latest album Here & There was released in September 2019.
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